Healthy Breakfast Recipes

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Making delicious healthy breakfast recipes can be a challenge – so I’ve complied all of our favorite quick and easy healthy breakfast recipes and healthy breakfast ideas (sweet, savory, make-ahead, 5-minute recipes and so much more) so you never skip the most important meal of the day!

collage of healthy breakfast recipes

You’ve heard it said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and I couldn’t agree more. I try my very best to always feed my family a healthy breakfast so that we begin each day with bellies full of nutritious foods to energize us until lunch! 

So I put together this post of all our favorite healthy breakfast ideas. Because as a busy mom of 6, I have found it helps to have a list of healthy breakfast recipes ready to go for the days we get stuck in a rut. These healthy breakfast recipes are easy and made with simple ingredients. Many can be prepared in advance for quick grab-and-go options. 


I tried to organize these healthy breakfast recipes the best that I could into the following categories:

Oatmeal Recipes

Oatmeal is a delicious and nutritious way to start the day. Check out this breakfast ideas with oatmeal.

Peanut Butter Banana Baked Oatmeal

This is one of my top 5 favorite healthy breakfast recipes. Easy to make ahead and freeze!

Healthy Breakfast Recipes peanut butter baked oatmeal

Banana Oatmeal Cookies

These banana oatmeal cookies are one of the most genius breakfast ideas because your kids will love eating cookies for breakfast – but they’re healthy and easy to make in 15 minutes!

Healthy Breakfast Recipes banana oatmeal cookies

Classic Baked Oatmeal

This is a delicious, classic baked oatmeal recipe that can be served with a variety of toppings. I highly recommend slathering it with homemade cinnamon honey butter!

Healthy Breakfast Recipes baked oatmeal

Baked Oatmeal Cups

Or, make individual servings with these baked oatmeal cups. Perfect to freeze and reheat on busy mornings.

Healthy Breakfast Recipes baked oatmeal cups

Blueberry Baked Oatmeal

Add some anti-oxidants and protein (with yogurt) and make this blueberry baked oatmeal.

Healthy Breakfast Recipes blueberry baked oatmeal

Chocolate Overnight Oats

These chocolate overnight oats are a delicious meal prep recipe – perfect for chocolate lovers! Serve them warm or cold.

Healthy Breakfast Recipes chocolate overnight oats

Peanut Butter Overnight Oats

Loaded with fiber (from chia seeds & oats), protein & healthy fats, these peanut butter overnight oats will keep you full until lunch.

Healthy Breakfast Ideas peanut butter overnight oats

Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats

Or, combine the two and make chocolate peanut butter overnight oats – it’s like eating a peanut butter cup but healthier and not as sweet! πŸ™‚

Healthy Breakfast Ideas chocolate peanut butter overnight oats

Breakfast Cookies breakfast cookie recipe that will earn you some serious “cool mom” points for letting your kiddos eat cookies for breakfast. Choose your favorite mix-ins.

Healthy Breakfast Ideas breakfast cookies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Baked Oatmeal

Chocolate peanut butter baked oatmeal is a delicious breakfast that tastes like a combination between a peanut butter cup and a brownie but it’s healthy. It’s a family favorite!

Healthy Breakfast Ideas chocolate peanut butter baked oatmeal

Cinnamon Apple Baked Oatmeal

Perfect for chilly fall mornings, this apple baked oatmeal is a delicious way to use up the abundance of in-season produce.

Healthy Breakfast Ideas apple baked oatmeal

Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal

Another cozy fall breakfast – this pumpkin baked oatmeal is easy to make! Plus, it’s a nutritious way to satisfy your pumpkin spice cravings.

Healthy Breakfast Ideas pumpkin baked oatmeal

Pumpkin Overnight Oats

Don’t want to bake? Try these pumpkin overnight oats! It’s like eating pumpkin pie in a nutritious way!

Healthy Breakfast Ideas pumpkin overnight oats

Yogurt Overnight Oats

Loaded with greek yogurt, these Yogurt Overnight Oats are nutritious and delicious!

Healthy Breakfast Ideas yogurt overnight oats

Peanut Butter Oatmeal

This stovetop peanut butter oatmeal is easy to make in 15 minutes. A perfect, hearty breakfast for busy mornings.

Healthy Breakfast Ideas peanut butter oatmeal

Peanut Butter Granola

This peanut butter granola is made with 6 nutritious ingredients and no refined sugars. Serve it over yogurt with your favorite fruit or jam!

Healthy Breakfast Recipes peanut butter granola

Breakfast Bars

I ate these every day for breakfast for over a decade. I created this recipe to replace the packaged protein bars I used to eat on my way to work from the gym every morning. I love them!

Healthy Breakfast Recipes breakfast bars

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Banana Cookies

One more breakfast cookie – because why not? These oatmeal peanut butter breakfast cookies are delicious and hearty and easy to make.

Healthy Breakfast Recipes peanut butter banana oatmeal cookies

Healthy Homemade Granola

This is my favorite traditional, healthy granola recipe. It’s delicious served over yogurt or with a splash of milk and fruit!

Healthy Breakfast Recipes homemade granola

Energy Balls

These energy balls are easy to freeze and grab a few on the go. I like eating a few of them after enjoying a healthy smoothie!

Healthy Breakfast Recipes energy balls

Savory Breakfast Recipes

Sometimes we just need some eggs and bacon for breakfast! Here are our favorite savory breakfast ideas.

Egg Casserole

This egg casserole is made with simple ingredients and is a nutritious recipe to feed a crowd. It’s gluten-free!

Savory Healthy Breakfast Ideas egg casserole

Breakfast Egg Sandwiches

It’s so easy to make these breakfast sandwiches ahead of time. Just pop them in the freezer and reheat when you need a hearty breakfast in a hurry!

Savory Healthy Breakfast Ideas breakfast sandwiches

Egg Muffins

Egg muffins are just like egg casserole, only baked in individual portions making them a perfect meal prep recipe!

Savory Healthy Breakfast Ideas egg muffins


I think I make this Frittata for dinner more than breakfast! πŸ™‚ It’s easy and delicious and 100% customizable. Use your favorite meats, veggies and cheeses to make it your own.

Savory Healthy Breakfast Ideas frittata

Crispy Oven Potatoes

These oven roasted potatoes are a simple breakfast side dish that pairs well with all of our favorite savory breakfast recipes.

Savory Healthy Breakfast Ideas oven roasted potatoes

Hash Brown Crust Quiche

This gluten-free quiche has a hash brown crust and is hearty and so delicious!

Savory Healthy Breakfast Ideas hash brown quiche

Omelette Recipe

Learn how to make the absolute best omelette in the comfort of your own home for a fraction of the price as your favorite restaurants.

Savory Healthy Breakfast Ideas omelette

Smoothie Recipes

I drink a smoothie every day! I have a comprehensive post with all of our favorite healthy smoothie recipes. But here are a few of my absolute favorite smoothies!

Peanut Butter Smoothie

If you’re catching onto a theme here, I really like eating peanut butter for breakfast! So naturally, I love this Peanut Butter Smoothie.

Healthy Breakfast Recipes peanut butter smoothie

Green Smoothie

This green smoothie recipe is easy and perfect for those of you on the beginning of your green smoothie journey! I drink a green smoothie every morning!

Healthy Breakfast Recipes green smoothie

Homemade Acai Bowl

Don’t spend too $12 for an acai bowl – make your own, even more delicious version, at home!

Healthy Breakfast Recipes acai smoothie bowl

Mango Smoothie

One sip of this healthy mango smoothie will make you feel like you’re on a tropical beach vacation!

Healthy Breakfast Recipes mango smoothie

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

One of my proudest recipe creation moments was when I took the first sip of this strawberry banana smoothie. It transported me back to shopping in the mall as a teenager – with one of these in my hands. Although I imagine this version is much healthier!

Healthy Breakfast Recipes strawberry banana smoothie

Healthy Pancakes & Waffles

Let’s be honest, pancakes and waffles are my kids’ favorite breakfast recipes. Here are some healthier versions full of nutritious ingredients.

Cottage Cheese Pancakes

A protein powerhouse, these cottage cheese pancakes are moist and fluffy. One of my top 3 favorite recipes on this list!

Healthy Breakfast Ideas cottage cheese pancakes

Greek Yogurt Pancakes

This Greek Yogurt Pancakes recipe is definitely the most popular pancake recipe on JoyFoodSunshine, and for good reason! They’re flavorful, moist and delicious, rich in protein and easy to make.

Healthy Breakfast Ideas greek yogurt pancakes

Best Homemade Waffles

We make this homemade waffles recipe weekly in our house and have for almost 10 years! They are lightened up a bit by replacing oil with applesauce, but no one can tell! They’re fluffy, with a crispy exterior, moist & flavorful!

Healthy Breakfast Ideas homemade waffles

Banana Oatmeal Pancakes

Made with only oatmeal (no flour), these banana oat pancakes are gluten-free, hearty and rich in fiber.

Healthy Breakfast Recipes banana oatmeal pancakes

Spinach Pancakes

Want to sneak some greens into your morning? Make these spinach pancakes. Also known as leprechaun pancakes or hulk pancakes – they are delicious and naturally green.

Healthy Breakfast Recipes spinach pancakes

Whole Wheat Pancakes

This recipe for whole wheat pancakes is extra-fluffy and so delicious no one can tell they are made with nutritious whole wheat flour.

Healthy Breakfast Recipes whole wheat pancakes

Zucchini Pancakes

Another delicious (and a little less detectable) way to sneak veggies into your breakfast routine is by making zucchini pancakes. They’re easy and delicious with tons of zucchini in every bite.

Healthy Breakfast Recipes zucchini pancakes

Healthy Bread & Muffins

Quick breads and muffins are great make-ahead, freezer-friendly healthy breakfast recipes.

Carrot Zucchini Muffins

AKA “Toddler Muffins,” I made these carrot zucchini muffins all the time for my little ones as they were learning to eat solid foods. They are loaded with fruits and vegetables and taste delicious!

Healthy Breakfast Ideas - carrot zucchini muffins

Spinach Muffins

By far, the most popular healthy muffin recipe on my website. These spinach banana muffins are made with oats (no flour) and are loaded with fruits & veggies. We called them “hulk muffins” and my son loved them so much when he was a little guy. All my kids still love them to this day!

Healthy Breakfast Ideas - spinach muffins

Paleo Banana Bread (Grain Free)

This paleo banana bread is so delicious no one can tell it’s nutritious! It’s celiac friendly because it’s completely grain free.

Healthy Breakfast Ideas - paleo banana bread

Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins

Another oatmeal-based muffin but this time add blueberries! A delicious muffin to make in the summer with fresh berries, or in the winter with frozen.

Healthy Breakfast Ideas - oatmeal blueberry muffins

Healthy Banana Bread

This is a lightened up version of my favorite banana bread recipe. It’s sweetened with honey, moistened with applesauce and Greek yogurt, and made with whole wheat flour.

Healthy Breakfast Ideas - healthy banana bread

Oatmeal Muffins

These oatmeal muffins are easy to make with nutritious ingredients. My kids love these for a quick, on the go breakfast!

Oatmeal Muffins

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

This is one of my oldest and most beloved healthy muffin recipes – chocolate zucchini muffins. Made with oat flour, Greek yogurt and lots of zucchini, they’re a delicious & nutritious breakfast that freezes well.

Healthy Breakfast Ideas - chocolate zucchini muffins

Healthy Banana Muffins

Made with appelsauce, greek yogurt and whole wheat flour, these lightened-up banana muffins are a delicious and nutritious way to start the day.

Healthy Breakfast Ideas - healthy banana muffins

Chocolate Banana Bread

This lighter chocolate banana bread is just as delicious as it’s classic counterpart. Bonus – you get to each chocolate for breakfast! This recipe also makes a yummy dessert!

Healthy Breakfast recipes - chocolate banana bread

Healthy Pumpkin Bread

This healthy pumpkin bread recipe is sweetened with maple syrup and a full can of pumpkin!

Healthy Breakfast recipes - healthy pumpkin bread

Healthy Pumpkin Muffins

Or, make individual servings and make these healthy pumpkin muffins. They freeze well and are a great grab and go breakfast.

Healthy Breakfast recipes - healthy pumpkin muffins

Grain Free Blueberry Muffins (Paleo)

These paleo blueberry muffins are delicious. One of my favorite healthy muffin recipes and it can be made with fresh or frozen berries.

Healthy Breakfast recipes - paleo blueberry muffins

Paleo Pumpkin Muffins

Another grain-free muffin, these paleo pumpkin muffins are the perfect fall treat for my gluten-free friends.

Healthy Breakfast recipes - paleo pumpkin muffins

Paleo Zucchini Banana Muffins

I have made these paleo banana zucchini muffins more than every other muffin on this list! Made with bananas and zucchini, these grain free muffins are delicious!

Healthy Breakfast recipes - paleo zucchini muffins

Healthy Breakfast Ideas

These recipes don’t fit neatly into a category but are delicious healthy breakfast ideas to add to your morning routine!

Chia Pudding

This chia pudding is easy to make in 5 minutes and can be prepared in advance (and it tastes best when it is)! Add your favorite fruits, honey, etc. for toppings.

Healthy breakfast Ideas chia pudding

Chocolate Chia Pudding

Or, make this chocolate chia pudding for the chocolate lovers in your life. A healthy, nutritious, low-cal but still filling breakfast!

Healthy breakfast Ideas chocolate chia pudding

Stovetop Cinnamon Apples

These delicious cinnamon apples take 5 minutes to make and are a delicious topping for pancakes, waffles, oatmeal or just served as a side dish!

Healthy breakfast Ideas cinnamon apples

Healthy Coffee Creamer

This coffee creamer is a delicious alternative to store-bought varieties. Infused with vanilla beans, it’s delicious and nutritious.

Healthy breakfast Ideas coffee creamer recipe

Oat Bran

If you want a different recipe to make for breakfast, try this chocolate peanut butter oat bran. It’s super hearty and will definitely keep you full until lunch!

Healthy breakfast Ideas oat bran

Summer Fruit Salad

This fruit salad uses the best, in-season summer fruits and is a delicious breakfast side dish perfect for serving to guests or making in advance and enjoying all week long.

Healthy breakfast Ideas summer fruit salad

Winter Fruit Salad

I don’t know about you, but I crave fresh fruit in the winter almost more than I do in the summer! So, I created this winter fruit salad recipe using the best fruits that are in season in the colder months. A delicious companion to any breakfast!

Healthy breakfast Ideas winter fruit salad

What are your favorites?

Breakfast is our favorite meal of the day, and we truly love and enjoy all of these recipes!

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  1. The breakfast recipes on this site seem fantastic – nutritious and well explained. I can’t wait to try baked oatmeal! Thanks!

  2. When it comes to breakfasts before school, you will desire something quick and simple. These are incredible breakfast recipes that are simple, healthy, and loved by kids. Thanks for sharing!
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  3. I went through the entire recipe that you have shared. The one that I tried and liked the most is the chocolate peanut butter oat. I tried making and my kids really liked it.

  4. Skipping breakfast is a common mistake. Since everyone is busy nowadays, it has become challenging to have a proper breakfast. However, it is essential to note that breakfast is the first meal of the day.

    Having a nutritional breakfast can set a positive tone for the rest of the day. These recipes shared by you are healthy, tasty, and also easy to make. Please keep adding such useful information.